Port de pêche de la Turballe.

Refrigeration technology for marine systems-Trawler

Industry Segment

Fishing trawlers


Port de pêche de la Turballe Saint-Nazaire France


GEA has installed an ice tower at the French fishing harbor Port de pêche de la Turballe. This harbor, in vicinity of Saint-Nazaire, is the second main source of income for this region, after tourism. Earlier, this port was a major terminal for sardines, and now the fishing fleet does most of its business with sea bass, mackerel, and octopus.

Short description of the solution

The harbor is populated by a colorful fishing fleet of netters, coastal fishing vessels, and deep-sea trawlers. With propulsion ratings of around 600 PS, lengths of over 22 meters, and a crew of six or seven, trawlers are among the largest fishing vessels in this French harbor – and they use a goodly amount of ice. To assure their customers of special fish quality, these trawler fisherman go out only briefly to sea – around 15 to 30 minutes – and quickly bring their catch on land in ice-cooled boxes.

Key figures

Capacity in kW (at temperature level): From 3,000 to 12,000 kg of ice per hour. Refrigerant: Water Secondary refrigerant:


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